Fun events in Chicago this weekend

Sorry for the delay of this dispatch my friends, but only good things have been taking my time away from this blog, such as moving into my new place and planning a trip to Peru! I’ll miss our dear Chicago for a few days in November, but I promise to make time and post about all the excitement and fun I will have in Peru (like paragliding in Lima and doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!). So without further due, here they are, my picks for this weekend:

10/11: Jovan D. Mihailovic – The Renaissance Man – SOLO Art Exhibition Closing Reception

Jovan is a 78 year old Serbian painter, violinist, writer and theatre director. His visual art is themed on the idea of the Venus of Venice and painted with oil on canvas. The current collection spans the last 20 years of Jovan’s life in Chicago and includes his newest work based on commemorations to Van Gogh and Renoir. Jovan also plays music from all over Eastern Europe as well as American Jazz standards. Read More

10/11: Tango, Samba, and Miami Style Salsa dance events

Tonight, Tango Che is having a  milonga (325 N. Hoyne, dial *05
$15/$20 with class), Swing Brasileiro is playing Samba at Revolver, or you can catch a free casino salsa/rueda class at Dylans. Which one would you like to explore?

10/10-24: Chicago International Film Festival

The 49th Chicago International Film Festival kicked off yesterday at the Chicago Theatre with the movie THE IMMIGRANT. The festival opens a window onto new worlds to Chicagoans through the exploration of other countries, languages, cultures and different ways of thinking, all the while confirming our shared stories and common humanity. Wanna see what the festival has in store for us? Check the schedule here

10/11-12: Pilsen East Artist’s Open House

Coinciding with October 2nd Fridays, the Pilsen East Artists’ Open House is a well-loved neighborhood tradition, open to visitors to the Chicago Arts District. The Open House is a self-guided walking tour of the intimate world of the working artist. Not only can visitors experience the 30+ galleries that comprise the Chicago Arts District, but they are also invited into the otherwise private artist residences. Read More 

10/13: Chicago Marathon

In its 36th year and as a member of the World Marathon Majors, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon annually attracts 45,000 participants, including a world-class elite runner and wheelchair athlete field, and an estimated 1.7 million spectators. This is a sports spectacle that is worth watching. You will feel an exciting and festive atmosphere along the 26 miles of the race. You might even find enthusiastic DJs and musicians cheering up the runners. Click for useful spectator information. My favorite spot to watch is somewhere along 18th Street in the Pilsen neighborhood. What’s yours?


10/13-11/03: Contemporary Dance Made in the Midwest at the Chicago Cultural Center and Storefront Theater

 This is a free month-long series of work by emerging and mid-career Midwest-base choreographers and dance companies. Read More

Ongoing: Chicago Artists Month (CAM)
The annual month-long celebration is going “In the Neighborhood.” Discover the work of hundreds of Chicago artists through exhibitions, openings, art walks, open studios, performances and opportunities for learning/making. Each weekend CAM focuses on a different neighborhood with a series of art events in curated by a local arts expert. This month, the event will feature the Portgage Park, South Shore/South Chicago, Pilsen/Little Village and East Garfield Park neighborhoods. Featured events are:
Celestial Bodies: September 29 –October 31st
Boundless Shores: South Chicago/South Shore. October 1-31
Jazz Brunch at the Parrot Cage in South Shore Cultural Center: October 13
Click here for more information.

10/13: Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival kicks off this weekend and runs until November 10. Its mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. They fulfill this mission through our annual festivals, the fall Chicago Humanities Festival and the spring Stages, Sights & Sounds, and by presenting programs throughout the year that encourage the study and enjoyment of the humanities.Here is the full festival line up for October 13 and the other days.  


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